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Hard work, introspection, self-care and a long-standing commitment to the Dimboola community has resulted in Courtney Dove being awarded the $10,000 Menzies Centenary Prize.
Courtney, who was dux of Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, has always appreciated the small close-knit environment Dimboola and the College offers. She also felt it important to give back to the community where possible and was among the first to join the Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council.
Courtney is studying at The University of Melbourne. She’s enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts and hopes to major in Psychology and Media & Communications and received a scholarship to stay on campus at Queens College.
Dimboola Memorial Secondary College’s 2015 school captain and dux, Andrew King, has being awarded the Menzies Centenary Prize, worth $10,000, for his outstanding academic achievement and contribution to the Dimboola community.
A keen science and maths student, Andrew also got a lot out of his history subjects, especially those focusing on European history. He was also involved with extra-curricular activities from sporting events through to the school productions, managing the sound and lighting for four years and taking on the role of student director (along with two classmates) in Year 10.
Andrew will use the prize to help him complete a degree in Engineering at Monash University.
Ms Nikita Bell was awarded the $10,000 Menzies Centenary Prize for 2015 as recognition for her academic achievement and contribution to Dimboola Memorial Secondary College.
Nikita, originally from Horsham, will use the prize to help her complete a degree in Nursing at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus.
Mikayla Riley was sports captain of her house, treasurer of the student council and Dux of the College in his graduating year. In addition, she was involved in the life of college through academic and sporting events.
Mikayla will use the Prize to help her complete a Health Sciences degree at Deakin University.
Louis Haines grew up on a cropping and sheep farm in Western Victoria where his family has lived for over 100 years. In addition to a strong connection to the land, Louis has a passion for drawing and will use the Prize to help him complete a Communication Design degree at Monash University.
Shannon Pietsch achieved an ENTER score of 85.25 and was School Captain and Dux of the College in his graduating year. She was involved in the life of college through academic and sporting events.
Shannon will use the prize to help her complete a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University.
Joshua Wren achieved an ATAR score of 96.1 and was Dux of the College in his graduating year. He was involved in the life of college through academic and sporting events.
Joshua will use the Prize to help him complete a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne.
Jessi Hutchinson achieved an ATAR score of 93.8 and was involved in the life of college through academic and sporting events.
Jessi will use the prize to help her complete a Bachelor of Occupation Therapy at La Trobe University.
Elizabeth Klinge achieved an ATAR score of 94.15, was School Captain and Dux of the College in 2008. She received the School Contribution Award in both 2007 and 2008 and won the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin Award in 2007 for recognition of her sporting achievements.
The prize will be used to help Elizabeth complete a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) at the University of Ballarat.
Naomi Kuhnell achieved an ATAR score of 93.45 and was Dux of the college. Naomi thrived academically and was the recipient of the Scholastic Excellence Award in each of her six years at the College and was named the University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar in 2007. In addition to her academic achievements, Naomi represented the College in a range of sporting activities from swimming to cross-country, soccer and netball.
The prize will be used to help Naomi complete a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Chloe Bell achieved an ATAR score of 98.9 and won the College’s Year 12 Scholastic Prize.
The prize will be used to help Chloe complete a Bachelor of Pharmacy/Commerce at Monash University.
Jordan Bell achieved an ATAR of 91.6 and was involved in both sporting and community activities throughout his time at the College.
The prize will be used to help Jordan complete a degree in Engineering at Monash University.
Alison Dumesny received the year 12 Scholastic Award in 2004 and achieved an ATAR score of 91.6. She was heavily involved in the life of the college throughout high school including participation in sporting programs and student leadership.
The prize will go towards helping Alison complete a degree in Podiatry at the University of South Australia commencing in 2006.
Nyree Hutchins was awarded the year 12 Scholastic Award in 2003 and achieved an ATAR score of 98.05. She was involved in both community and leadership aspects of the College and acted as House Captain in her final year of school.
The prize will go towards helping Nyree complete a Bachelor of Media and Communication at the University of Melbourne.
Michelle Blake received both the Scholastic Award and the Brian Frecker Outstanding Senior Student Award in 2002. Michelle was involved in college leadership through her role of College Captain and won the local section of the Lion’s Youth of the Year contest.
The prize will go towards helping Michelle complete a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.
Kate Saxton was the winner of the 2001 Year 12 Scholastic Award and the Outstanding Senior Student Award. She has been heavily involved in the college community throughout her secondary education via participation in sporting and cultural programs along with her leadership role as the School Captain.
The prize will go towards helping Kate complete a Bachelor of Arts/Health Sciences at Deakin University.
Belinda Smith excelled throughout her secondary education winning many academic awards and achieving an ATAR of 94.7. Belinda was active in all aspects of college life including leadership roles, debating, sport, music, and charity. She also took part in a student exchange program to Germany along with a Mentoring and Rural University Experience Program.
The prize will go towards helping Belinda complete a Bachelor of Arts/Science at the University of Melbourne.
Ashley Stewart was the Dux of the College in 1999 and achieved an ATAR of 98.25. Aside from his outstanding academic achievements, Ashley was heavily involved in the sports and music programs at the school and was awarded the college’s Outstanding Senior Student Award in his graduating year.
The prize will go towards helping Ashley complete a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne.
Rita Moore attended the College from 1997 – 1998 as a mature age student and was awarded the 2012 Scholastic Award. Rita was heavily involved in the life of the college through participation in the musical production and a number of academic competitions.
The prize will go towards helping Rita complete a Bachelor of Arts/Science at Monash University.
Desiree Cross was the dux of her year and received the Brian Frecker Outstanding Senior Student award in 1997. She received awards for her outstanding achievement in art and was heavily involved in the life of the College, from sporting activities to musical productions.
The prize will go towards helping Desiree complete a Bachelor of Arts in Multi Media at Victoria University.
Lauren Feery was the dux of the college in 1996 and represented the college in a wide range of sporting competitions, and activities such as the Lions youth of the Year. The prize will go towards helping Lauren complete a degree in Commerce at Deakin University.
Kylie Nuske was the dux of Dimboola Memorial Secondary College in 1995 and has represented the college in a wide range of sporting activities and competitions. The prize will go towards helping Kylie complete a degree in Accounting at RMIT.
Tracy Leak was the Dux of her year on four occasions and represented Australia’s Rotary Youth Exchange program throughout 1993. The prize will go towards helping Tracey complete a degree in Medical Radiation at RMIT.
Emma Magrath was the inaugral winner of the Menzies Centary Prize.